ATLANTA — Atlanta Falcons player Jonathan Babineaux is out of jail Friday after police arrested him on marijuana charges Thursday night.
The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s web site shows that police charged him with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, driving without a license, driving with an expired tag, having material on his windshield or light, and a faulty tag light.
Babineaux was driving a 2005 Cadillac Escalade EXT on Interstate 85 north near Hamilton Mill Road about 10:45 p.m. when a Gwinnett County police officer stopped him for an equipment violation and expired registration, according to a release from Corporal David Schiralli of the Gwinnett County Police Department.
“During the stop an odor of marijuana could be smelled by the officer coming from the interior of the vehicle,” Schiralli said in the release. “Gwinnett County Police K9 responded to the location and a positive alert to the odor of narcotics was given by the dog.”
During a search of the Escalade police found 41 grams of marijuana in three separate bags, according to Schiralli.
The booking information sheet shows that Babineaux was released after posting a $8,300 bond.
Police also arrested Aaron Robinson, 25, a passenger in the SUV. He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a felony.
An Atlanta Falcons official sent an e-mail to Channel 2 Action News sports anchor Zach Klein confirming the team is aware of the arrest.
“We are aware of the situation concerning Jonathan Babineaux and are in the process of gathering information,” said Matt Conti of the Falcons. “Because this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”
Babineaux is a defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons. He was drafted in 2005.
The Atlanta Falcons signed him to a five-year, $25 million contract extension in November 2008.
Police arrested Babineaux on animal cruelty charges in 2007, after he allegedly killed his girlfriend’s dog, but those charges were later dropped.